2006 DRC Grands Echezeaux

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(Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru Red) As it usually is relative to the Echézeaux, the restrained nose is distinctly more reserved but classier with a wonderfully intense and layered nose that is more floral still while offering up a variety of spice notes, including anise, clove and soy that can also be found on the pure and sleekly muscled flavors that possess real drive, indeed this does a slow but sure build from the mid-palate on through the explosive finish. This is an interesting wine in that the natural robustness of a fine GE is present but the natural elegance of the vintage tames it somewhat and one could quite accurately describe the '06 GE as robustly elegant yet distinctly understated and not be wrong. Despite the elegance, this will need plenty of cellar time. (Drink starting 2021).

Burghound | 94 BH
Very harmonious, with finesse and refinement as the floral and spice notes unfold on the silky texture to a long aftertaste.--Non-blind 2006 DRC tasting (February 2009). Best from 2014 through 2027.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
Good medium red. Reticent, deeply pitched but pure aromas of raspberry and mocha. Broad and ripe but tight and backward today, and not showing quite the lift or the freshness of fruit of the Echezeaux. With its saline earth tones, this is more savory than sweet. Finishes with firm, youthfully tough tannins. This was my least favorite 2006 here in the context of the cru, but I suspect this is in a restrained stage today. Villaine noted that although the average age of vines here is still more than 40, there's a good percentage of 15-to-20-year-old vines.

Vinous Media | 92+ VM
The Domaine's 2006 Grands-Echezeaux is altogether less charming and flattering than its ostensibly lesser sibling, leading as it does with fresh red meat and pronouncedly saline, marine mineral notes even in the nose. In the mouth, this is relatively spare but formidably-concentrated and finely-tannic, with cedar, tartly-edged though ripe black fruits, and alkaline mineral notes that carry into a striking, bloodily carnal and almost briny finish. Here is Pinot Noir in its role as a mirror for human flesh and bone. What I see sends shivers down my spine and excites my imagination, but the wine seems to have no intention of flattering me. I didn't encounter another Pinot at all like this in the vintage, and it should be fascinating to follow for a dozen or more years, but unlike the Echezeaux, I would not plan to open any bottles for at least another 3-4.

The Domaine de La Romanee-Conti harvested from the 20th-25th of September (commencing with Richebourg) and subjected the crop to rigorous sorting. Understandably, the viticultural meticulousness at this estate as well as its team of some 60 highly-skilled and –motivated pickers paid dividends in the context of a challenging vintage. Director Aubert de Villaine and cellarmaster Bernard Noblet vinified their 2006s with a lesser share of stems and whole clusters, and exposed them to new wood for a shorter period (thereafter racking into older barrels) than the corresponding 2005s.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 92 RP
This is rather more structured than the Echézeaux. Quite a lot richer too. Medium-full body. Lots of fruit and concentration. Very well-balanced. Lovely finish. Elegant. Fine.

Decanter | 91 DEC

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Vintage 2006
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine De La Romanee-Conti
Rating 94 BH
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Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
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